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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

Join groups!  Browse for groups for your PIR date, your sailor's occupational specialty, "A" school, assigned ship, homeport city, your own city or state, and a myriad of other interests. Jump in and introduce yourself!  Start making friends that can last a lifetime.

Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."


**UPDATE - 2020**

Due to COVID there is no public PIR. The graduations are on Thursday, and the video of the graduation is posted on RTC's FaceBook on Friday at approx 3pm. Please keep in mind that a division may need to complete additional quarantine during training which will delay their graduation.

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them


What's an Ombudsman and FRG and how to contact them

So what are an Ombudsman and a Family Readiness Group, and how do I find mine? Scroll down and read. The websites offered in this group at the official Navy FFSC info and much more. FInding out the Ombudsman info is just one of many things Navy families need to know. Read on!

Location: Navy Wide
Members: 150
Latest Activity: Dec 20, 2018

Discussion Forum

How to locate your sailor's Ombudsman and your Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 1 Reply

Find your Fleet and Family Support Center

Started by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom May 24, 2013. 0 Replies

Contact Your Ombudsman

Started by deeS. Last reply by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom Jun 6, 2011. 1 Reply

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Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on December 4, 2013 at 9:26pm

 A good Facebook page to 'like' - the Navy's Ombudsman at Large at 

Currently MCPON Mike Stevens' wife Theresa is the acting OAL - her bio and more info about her post are at the 'About' tab on the Facebook page.

Comment by 2catsn2sailors on November 5, 2013 at 12:30am


I posted the one about the cake. I used Sherry's Cakes twice, once for my son and once for his buddy. It was $25 for the cake and $20 for delivery right to the gate. My son and his buddy both highly recommended the cake.

Here's the link if you need it:

and phone number

(850) 433-4208

Comment by proudmom63 on November 3, 2013 at 8:44pm

hello, all... i am wondering.... awhile back there was talk of someone in or near goose creek, sc that makes cakes. my son's bday is 11/23 and i was hoping someone here would know how to contact the "cakemaker" would love to surprise my son with a homemade cake!

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on August 28, 2013 at 7:18pm

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 23, 2013) Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 3, speaks with the Ombudsman of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) before the ship departed for deployment. Boxer is part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Donald Walton/Released)

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 28, 2013 at 2:22pm

Good read from Navy Live, the Official Blog of the U.S. Navy!  Ombudsmen Make a Difference in the Lives of Navy Families

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 26, 2013 at 2:20pm

Also join the Facebook pages for the Ombudsmen and FRG.  These will be private pages, be sure you get added.  These are the best sources for news and getting answers to questions during deployments (just be sure to observe these OPSEC guidelines).

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 26, 2013 at 2:11pm

Great!  Once you get connected with everyone, you not only have peace of mind but can relax and start having fun!  Also, be sure to "Like" both VFA147 Argonauts on Facebook and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) on Facebook for updates, photos and videos - you never know who you'll see!  ;)

Comment by jennifer1(Ship 13 Div 366) on July 26, 2013 at 1:36pm

Marcy...thank you so much for all of the links...I emailed EVERYONE!  LOL

Comment by Marcy ~ Corpsman Mom on July 25, 2013 at 6:31pm

Hi Jennifer!  I did a little research; here are some links.  

Send your Ombudsman inquiry to their public affairs officer at  

The squadron's website is  

It appears they are attached to USS Nimitz.

You may therefore want to join this group:  

You can be on the Nimitz Ombudsmen and USS Nimitz Family Readiness Group lists to keep up to date.  You will need to contact them  and give them information about you, your sailor (rate, rating) and your relationship, to be added.  



Welcome from the USS Nimitz Ombudsmen and FRG teams:

Looks like an exciting assignment; wishing you and your sailor all the best!

Comment by jennifer1(Ship 13 Div 366) on July 25, 2013 at 3:29pm

I am trying to find the Ombudsman for my son's squadron, VFA-147 Argonauts.  How do I locate them?  I would like to be added to any email list to keep up to date on any deployments or homecomings that they may be having.


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